Plex is a fantastic media server system that you install on your server and then you can use it to manage and organise your media collection. You can watch the content on a browser or apps for iOS, Android, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone, Chromecast and a ton of other devices.
The big news last week was a new Plex app for the Xbox One which is the first 3rd party media app that Microsoft have allowed on to the device. Previously there was no easy way to consume your own media on the Xbox One, there is Microsoft’s new Media Player app that will stream from a DLNA server but its basic and you don’t get a pretty UI with it.
Plex for the Xbox One has a great looking user interface that enables you to browse your collection and watch your video collection on the Xbox One. It has some nice touches like how remembers your progress in a video, so you can start watching it on your Windows Phone and then continue it on your Xbox One. For media enthusiasts with their own collection this is the ideal front end on the Xbox One. It’s simple to setup and works really well, I am pretty sure Plex users won’t need convincing of the benefits of the system.
In this video I take a look at the Plex app for the Xbox One paired up with a Plex Server running on my Vidabox LiivNAS server handling the ripping and archiving. So now I can take a DVD or Bluray put it into my Vidabox server and then a little later it is ready to watch on my Xbox One.
To get Plex on your Xbox One you need to be Plex Pass subscriber and have the Pass Pass version of the server running.